Constructions of truth, gate-keeping and the power of diagnostic labels.

@article{Macculloch2010ConstructionsOT,
  title={Constructions of truth, gate-keeping and the power of diagnostic labels.},
  author={Tony Macculloch},
  journal={Issues in mental health nursing},
  year={2010},
  volume={31 2},
  pages={151-2}
}
One of the reassuring comforts that can follow a visit to a doctor is coming away with a diagnosis or name to describe or label one’s affliction. After experiencing pain, or other puzzling or distressing symptoms that we are unable to explain, a diagnostic label provides reassurance and security because it enables us to name, and make sense of, the… CONTINUE READING